Mike...I've been heavily shopping for 2 scooters for the last several months. I'm NOT experienced but I've sat on virtually every decent scooter on the market and learned which brands are good quality & good value. We've been focusing on traditional "Vespa" type scooters in terms of look ...vs. the "pocket rocket" more Japanese styling.
Ultimately...one thing I've learned is that one size does NOT fit all...and you really need to sit on them to see if they are comfortable and fit.
Are you looking to get a moped type scooter of <50cc which will not require a license in most places and will go aroune 25-30mph... or something bigger that will go faster (but not superhighways)...or something that will carry 2 at highway speeds or ?????
Here's some links to the quality mfr.'s product brochures... figure around $2k out the door for a quality 50cc scooter from NON chinese factories...somewhere in the 3-4k range for middle cc sized scoots in the 150-200cc range and on up into the 5-7k range for bigger highway scoots for 2.
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Then of course there are the top tier guys...with the top tier prices...Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Vespa. I will assume you can find those!
The only things that ALL the dealers seem to agree on is "don't buy chinese crap" at "half the price" ... I don't know if that is self serving or not...but even to me...the quality difference in fit and finish seems obvious.
This is also the only big product I've found where dealers are reluctant to move off of MSRP by much at all...AND...almost always add on for freight, prep and documentation...Just today I was quoted $450 over MSRP on a Genuine Stella.
That said...there ARE bargains to be had in 2013 and 2012 models that are identical to the 2014's in some dealers.
This is a great site with a lot of unbiased info: http://www.justgottascoot.com/whichscooter.htm
Hope this helps...yell if I can answer anything further.